Sunday, January 18, 2009

His Dream is Becoming Reality

Tomorrow is MLK Jr. Day, the day after that is Inauguration Day. It is a historic time in America this week, one that we won't soon forget. Dr. King and his "I Have a Dream" speech, is one that so many Americans know, but how many have really taken the time to read him speech?
The following is an excerpt from his speech.

"And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."2
This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with.
With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.
And this will be the day -- this will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with new meaning:
My country 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing.
Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim's pride,
From every mountainside, let freedom ring!
And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.
Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York.
Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.
Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado.
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California.
But not only that:
Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.
From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual:
Free at last! Free at last!
Thank God Almighty, we are free at last! "

On January 20th, 2009 America will welcome in it's first African American President. On January 20th, 2009 Dr. King's dream will become a reality.


In Sept. of 2005, I had an eye-opening experience of volunteering at the Austin Convention Center as the evacuees of hurrican Katrina were pouring into Austin. I voulnteered there for almost 2 weeks, but the whole month of Sept. was life-changing for me.
Below, is an excerpt of a paper that I wrote to share my feelings and emotions. It was written in Sept of 2005.


Ever since I was a little kid my one of my “heroes” has been Martin Luther King Jr. I think that he has been a great man of inspiration for so many people, no matter the color of their skin. He had his dream so many years ago that even today in 2005, America is still trying to reach for.
As I sit on my bed watching TV, reading the papers, and listening to the radio I think that if the people of New Orleans had been white and not black that they would have been rescued and would of had the basic necessities given to them faster then they were. I really can’t believe that today in September of 2005 that our country is still racially divided. I don’t think that a lot of people will admit it, but it is. But then again I think that the flood waters were really bad and that they weren’t able to get help in, but nothing could be that bad that you couldn’t provide the basic necessities to American people. Personally I have always admired people of African American descent. I think that they are a people of deep roots, deep traditions, and a great sense of who they are and what their past is. When I see their dedication of keeping their heritage alive I think to myself why I don’t do that with my heritage. Then it hits me: they and their descendants with through extraordinary circumstances to get to where they are today. They have so much to be proud of that their descendants had to endure. I think that it is cool that they have a month dedicated about their heritage. Although, I think that it shouldn’t be just one month that they celebrate this, but all year long.
I have a mentor who is African American and without her I would not be in the place that I am today. She has taught me so much and I have enjoyed sitting back and watching her informing others about her heritage. She is in a sorority exclusively for African Americans, called Zeta Thi Beta and they are involved in the community and work different engagements around Central Texas. I think that it is cool that she is in it, because she is an assistant principal at a local high school, so that keeps her pretty busy, but she still takes time out of her life to help out people in the community.
I know that for the most part African Americans are good people just like the rest of us. There maybe a few bad people, but there are bad people in every race. When God made us He didn’t make us all one color for a reason, and I’d like to think that one of those reasons is because He wanted us to learn to love everyone regardless of their race or their background. But unfortunately many people will never be able to do that. "

Please take time to stop and think about MLK's dream, and pray for President Obama. Even if you don't like him or his party, he is the person that is going to lead our country for the next 4 years, and God has told us to obey our leaders.

Hbr 13:17
Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.

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